The seventh grade curriculum is aligned with the diocesan guidelines and Pennsylvania State Academic Standards.
The curriculum includes the study of the life of Jesus and the Church with the purpose of developing each student’s life-long commitment to faith in Christ. Students study Jesus’ life and develop a deeper understanding of who He is, leading to a recognition of the importance of following Jesus’ Way in their own lives.
The curriculum includes the study of grammar, literature, and communication as a means to enhance students effective use of oral and written language. Students develop critical reading skills through the study of short stories, plays, poetry, nonfiction literature, and novels. The five elements of literature are reviewed as a means to analyzing and understanding works of literature. Writing ability is developed through the writing of descriptive, narrative, opinion, and informative essays, poetry, letters, and plays. Other modalities such as Web Quests and Power Point presentations may also be used to enhance student understanding. Opportunities for oral presentations are also given.
Students in seventh grade participate in two different math classes. Students study Pre-Algebra or Honors Algebra I five days a week and study the fundamental concepts of geometry, its language, and its notation two days a week. This twice-a-week class helps prepare students for a formal course of geometry in high school.
Students explore and engage life science topics and activities. From hands-on laboratory experience, team projects, and investigative research, students learn about themselves, about related technologies and careers, and a robust understanding of the scientific process. Students are expected to develop skills such as researching, communicating with others, critically and creatively thinking. Their journey lays a foundation in genetics, embryology, anatomy and physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Students are also required to do an independent, experimental project and participation in science competition is highly encouraged.
Seventh grade students study modern cultures in Asia, Australia, Africa, and Middle America. We focus on the regions in these areas. Using iPads during class, students have access to apps and websites that help bring this subject area to life.
Seventh Grade Highlights
Students also participate in service activities at the school which provide opportunities for putting their faith into action, including serving as Peer Leaders and participating in an Advent Service project. Junior high students are given the opportunity to participate in MathCounts and the Pennsylvania Mathematics League (PML) Competition. These programs build critical thinking skills and teach problem-solving strategies. All students are encouraged to participate. The top 12 Mathletes compete at a regional competition held in February. The PML competition takes place at Central Catholic High School where students take a 30-minute multiple-choice math test. The top 10 students are honored at an awards assembly held in March. Students are also invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and are given an opportunity to present their independent, experimental project at a regional symposium and at a Pennsylvania state symposium. A field trip in the spring is planned around curriculum-related topics,either in social studies or science.
Technology Highlights, Projects, and Special Events
In seventh grade, each student has access to an iPad to enrich their learning experiences through hands-on activities that prepare students to be literate and responsible citizens in a 21st century world. In addition, students have access to a laptop cart outfitted with 26 laptops. Technology related activities, projects, and assignments enhance the curriculum and develop students’ deeper understanding of subject matter. Students create projects using PowerPoint and record podcasts related to classroom learning. They participate in WebQuests that foster an understanding of topics learned in the classroom. They also use Compass Learning for learning activities and assessments, particularly math-related assignments. Teachers use multimedia projectors, laptops, and electronic whiteboards to present information to the students. Use of interactive websites enhances student learning. Students also learn about different types of scientific technology such as electron microscopes, chromatography, electrophoresis, and gene sequencing.